We had the good fortune of connecting with Coz Con and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Coz, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risks are imperative to creative growth. I’m definitely a creature of comfort and I constantly have to remind myself that too much comfort can be a killer. The challenge I face now as time goes on and my art gets more attention is figuring out how to both maintain a certain consistency with the path I’m on while also jolting myself here and there to keep the juices flowing. That challenge keeps things new.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Like most artists I do a little bit of everything but illustration is definitely my bread and butter. I’ve been drawing obsessively since I was a wee one and I’ve never stopped. As I’ve gotten older, I’m most proud of not giving up. It has not been an easy journey and it’s taken a very long time to get to where I am. I can’t believe I’m still in one piece. But my love for what I do has kept me going and it’s never been an option to stop. I can be a very indecisive person, but of that I have always been certain.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am an incredibly lowkey person that would rather sit on the couch and watch something with friends than do… pretty much anything. With that said, I think my ideal day out would be grabbing some coffee and a pastry (or three) at the Verve downtown (the one on 3rd street is also *chef’s kiss*), lazily walking around the Broad, catching the 4 and hopping off right before Hancock Park starts so we can gawk at all the beautiful houses and massive trees, then swing onto Larchmont Ave. to peruse the best magazine stand in the city (shout out to Above The Fold) then snatch up some ice cream at Salt & Straw. After all that eventually head home, probably nap, then order dinner from Amandine because their short rib fries are wild. Maybe after that an evening walk that would eventually entail hitting up a 7-eleven for netflix binge provisions. Amen.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout will always go to my found family– the people in my life that have taken me in at one time or another with love and stayed by my side through this entire journey. I’ve survived many manifestations (most of which involved being incredibly broke and some shade of chaotic) because of them all. I wouldn’t have survived my 20’s without them. Full transparency: I started to list them off but the risk of leaving someone out is too high. But you know who you are because I tell you all the time.

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